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No Fracking in New York State

nofracknowaynyAfter literally years of study, New York State and Gov. Cuomo have made a decision: There will be no fracking for natural gas in New York State.

If you haven’t been following so far, fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process whereby large amounts of chemically-laced water are forced through relatively fragile shale rock formations, breaking them and forcing trapped gas to flow into wells. There is an immense shale formation called the Marcellus Shale, part of which lies under New York State’s Southern Tier (the area near Binghamton).

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Community Solar Takes Off In New York

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For the past two years, the NY-Sun Initiative has been working to reach Gov. Cuomo’s goal of increasing New York State’s solar capacity to 3 gigawatts by 2023. So far, the state has installed or contracted 316 megawatts of solar electricity, more than the entire previous decade. And from now until January 30th, schools, non-profits and governments will be able to upgrade to solar systems for bargain basement prices.

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2014 State of the State Puts New York on a Clear Path to Energy Independence

2014NYSotSOn January 8 in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2014 State of the State address. While the broadcast version of the address focused on tax relief, affordable housing and airport renovations, the print version of the address has a section with some very welcome and ambitious plans for energy independence for New York- not by focusing on hydraulic fracturing (more commonly known as fracking) but by increasing the amount of decentralized electricity generation. In other words, community solar, where neighbors band together to buy or lease systems together, lowering their initial costs and creating a neighborhood microgrid that can help restore power during blackouts and superstorms.

The relevant section on solar begins on page 70, and here’s a sample of what’s in store for community solar in NY in 2014:

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Mayor Bloomberg Presents A New Resiliency Plan To Better Equip NYC to the Changing Climate

Bloomberg-PicJust this week Mayor Bloomberg presented a long-term plan to better prepare NY for the devastating impacts of the rapidly changing climate. Approximately 8-months ago, Hurricane Sandy demolished many parts of NY leaving many New Yorkers wondering just how prepared Manhattan actually is to the natural disasters regularly hitting the area.

Mayor Bloomberg is proposing an extensive plan including the construction of stormwalls and barriers. This project, although very costly (estimating close to $20 billion), is essential and requires action to be taken immediately.

 

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